Welcome - from the President

Samuel R. James, EdD, ABPP

Welcome to the American Board of Group Psychology. The ABGP is responsible for establishing criteria related to the definition, education, training, competencies, and the examination leading to certification as a specialist in Group Psychology. To this end, we serve ABPP by recruiting and examining Group Psychology as well as being advocates for and promoters of group psychology and group psychotherapy. We are governed by members who are board certified in group psychology and representative of the specialty on a national basis. We also represent the Group Psychology Specialty Section of the American Board of Professional Psychology and are comprised of a merged Board of Directors and Academy.


Since group psychologists pursue ABPP at different times in their careers, we provide different pathways to membership.  Early Career Psychologist are psychologists within ten years of post-doctoral experience; the Senior Option is for psychologists with fifteen or more years of post-doctoral experience; for graduate students, we even provide a mentor until you are ready for the exam; and finally we offer the opportunity for co-boarding for those holding an ABPP in another specialty.  


Part of our mission is to provide services to the public through research information that attests to the efficacy of group treatments as well as facilitating referrals to ABPP certified Psychologists. Our website simultaneously informs the public about group psychology while providing interested psychologists with information about the examination process, a blog, and up-to-date information about the field. If you wish more information, please let us know at abgpinfo@abpp.org


Like all certifying groups, we serve both the public and fellow professionals. If we can be of assistance to you, please let us hear from you.


Samuel R. James, EdD, ABPP

President, American Board of Group Psychology

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